Footprints Center for Autism (FCA) is a Northeast Ohio based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to our mission of providing comprehensive, collaborative, and child-centered programming for individuals with autism in a positive and non-restrictive learning environment so that each child can reach their highest potential and achieve excellence in all aspects of life. FCA was founded by Erin Bolyard, Nicole Best, and Claire Caldarea in August 2017. All three founders are native to the northeastern Ohio region and all have a minimum of 7 years working in the fields of autism, nonprofit and business management, or both. The geographic location of FCA was strategically determined by the founding team, in hopes of providing services in communities and counties that have limited resources for children with autism and their families.
Footprints Center for Autism opened its doors to its first four students in September of 2018. By the end of the 2018-2019 school year, enrollment had increased to 10 students. By the end of the 2019-2020 school year, enrollment had increased to 23 students!
Footprints Center for Autism recognizes that, because autism is a spectrum disorder, the most effective treatment and curriculum must be individualized to the needs of the child. Each child that attends Footprints will have a unique program built by a team of teachers, therapists, and parents that is specifically designed to meet their needs and maximize their opportunity for success. This collaborative, comprehensive, and child-centered approach to building each program is written right into the organization’s mission statement. Footprints also recognizes the vital importance of family involvement, and encourages frequent collaboration with families and caretakers to ensure consistency of intervention across all settings.
Footprints Center for Autism is an ODE Autism Scholarship Provider and a Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Provider.